fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 2010-12-30, bb Feb 2003, possibly 9 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Last bottle was not the only lively one, this one too is a bit of a gusher; whatever foam, is not resisting more than a few seconds; the color is a beautiful reddish amber, bright and clean; there’s a thin deposit at the bottom of the bottle, it looks more like a layer of crystalized sugar than yeast. It has a sweet aroma of malt, maple syrup, nuts, almonds, alcohol. The mouthfeel is fizzy, carbonated, therefore preventing any oily feeling; there is an aggressive alcohol presence, very warming, and a nutty malt flavor; the sweetness is acceptable, nothing like a young sample; the bitterness is moderate, with more almonds in the final. And it doesn’t show any sign of age. Still standing against time.
2010-01-01, bb Feb 2003, possibly 8 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Even after so many years, it’s still very lively; it pours a beautiful amber color, just hazy, and a beautiful head, but the retention is close to zero. It has the usual strong aroma: malt, caramel, toffee, with a hint of nuts and alcohol. It has a medium body strength; massive malt aroma, sweet, rather oily, sweet nuts too; very alcoholic and warming, not to say burning, more than the fresh version. It reminds me a lot some English Barley Wine, just cleaner. Good, but difficult to drink in quantities.
Orange amber colour, the head disappears quickly.
Aroma: malt, cherry, alcohol, fudge, medicinal; later it gets a bit spicy.
Sweet, a lot of malt; liquorice, alcohol; almost fruity barley wine; some Madeira wine flavour. Really strong palate, but even a high bitterness is not enough to balance such sweetness.
One of the most powerful beers I can remember.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
One sip was all I needed of this sickenly sweet, high alcohol beverage. This one ranks below Budweiser in my book...which is really bad!
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber in color. Big bubbly head fades down into nothing. smells of bruised fruits with very sweet, date like notes. More intensly sweet date notes in the flavor. Alcohol kick on the end that leaves a slight burn in the throat as if you were drinking some hard stuff. Drink slowly and savor. Not a beer to shotgun unless you want to be dead drunk after a few bottles.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice caramel hoppy aroma. ALcohol overpowers the body. Finishes slightly sweet.
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good beer. Nice copper look. Sweeter than I expected it to be. Good at cool, cold or room temperatures. The only problem I found is that the head evaporated too quickly, even with a straight and fast poor.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely alcoholic, but sweet enough to mask most of the vapors. It goes down smoothly and has a distinctive caramel mouthfeel.
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2006 Another of my faves! This is an excellent beer. Strong alcohol notes throughout. Not very carbonated. Golden brown to brown red in color. Excellent as a digestif or dessert. Try it with a shot of Scotch in it as me and my friends do (then known as Luftwaffe Fuel!). Talk about strong!! HIGHLY recommended! It"s even better when aged!
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drowning toast in a pool of whisky…Caramel candy is floating around but there isn’t enough to be used as a buoy…A wet log then passes by and allows some dark fruit and sugar to survive and thus stay above the alcohol…
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2004 fresh: oops i dropped a sugardaddy candy in my dog's food..oh wait, nevermind, that was the aroma of this beer...what do you get when you take a farm's load of barley malt, absolutely no hops, too much sugar, and some yeast??...this horrifically strong tasting brew!... I heard that suicide bombers in Afghanistan drink this right before they die so to take their minds off of the pain of dying...sorta like biting your lip when you stub your toe...substituting one pain for another...so if you ever stub your toe or plan on bombing a discotech or subway train..this beers for you (1.8) 1992 version, drank 2004: Wow, what a frickin' improvement..this was like a chocolate malt shake...similiar to an aged samiclaus. (4.0)
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20